- Don’t be nervous! To prepare your call, you can read and use the suggested talking-points and background information below.
- Reach Jytte GUTELAND: please call +441133202841 and then dial 1. Additional fees may apply. As far as possible, please call between 10 am and 6 pm from Monday to Friday.
- Leave a comment in the box on the right side of the page to tell us how your discussion with your MEP went.
Why call today?
To kick off a green transition in Europe, the newly elected Eurpoean Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen committed to delivering a green deal in her first 100 days.
Without strong climate leadership in the EC, any green deal that’s delivered will be completely inadequate to deal with our climate emergency.
Over the next few weeks, the European Parliament will choose the 27 leaders that will make up the new European Commision.
Our MEPs need to reject leaders who are not ready to recognise the climate emergency.
Suggested talking points: what we want to tell our MEPs on the phone?
We know, calling an MEP may seem difficult. You may be nervous. But we have prepared simple talking points to help guide your conversation. And don’t forget: they represent us, it’s their job to listen.
- Say your name, where you live and a bit about yourself.
- Tell them you are calling about the upcoming election of the European Commission.
- Tell them that you are concerned about the current climate crisis, and that you know how important it is to have strong leadership in Europe on this issue.
- Ask them, as your representative, to reject any candidate for the EU Commission that does not recognise the climate emergency. This means that each candidate is in agreement that the EU needs to, at the very least, agree to the following actions:
- Reduce all greenhouse gas emissions by at least 65% by 2030, as compared to 1990;
- Adopt a measure called “the climate- finance-employment pact” which could provide at least 400 billion Euros per year for ecological transition in Europe.
- Prevent a single further penny from going to fossil fuels: stopping all fossil fuel investments and subsidies.
- Tell them you are part of the WeMove Europe community, made of thousands of Europeans who think that it’s absolutely vital that the commissioners provide these guarantees, otherwise they should not receive the vote.
- Don’t forget to thank the person at the end of the line, and if you are talking to an assistant, you can encourage them to pass on your message to your MEP. It’s always important to leave a message, even if you don’t reach your MEP personally.
For more background for your conversation, you can click on the questions below.
Why are we asking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
The climate scientists say we can still limit global warming to 1.5°C and curb the the worst affects of climate change. But we have only until 2030 to do that. For the EU, the first thing to do is to align its 2030 climate target with the Paris Agreement and adopt a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 65% by 2030. More information here.
Why we are asking to adopt the climate finance employment pact?
The climate finance employment pact is supported by hundreds of elected representatives from all backgrounds, but also trade unionists and entrepreneurs, climate experts and economists from various horizons. It could finance a global transformation of our society, we could invest in building insulation, public transport, renewable energies, a new model of agriculture and the protection of biodiversity. to create more than 5 million jobs in Europe and to improve the livelihoods of millions of households. How? With two policies. A Climate Bank providing interest-free loans to each Member State and a Climate Budget of €100 billion per year, financed by a European tax on the profits of large companies (adjusted according to the evolution of their carbon footprint). This represents a total of 400 billions per year. More information here.
Why we should stop all fossil fuel investments and subsidies?
Fossil fuels are the single biggest cause of climate change. Each EU Member State should present a clear plan aimed at fulfilling their numerous commitments to phase out direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies immediately. More information here.
Please can you chip in?
The newly elected Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has already committed to delivering a green deal in the first 100 days of her mandate. Actions like this one are necessary to remind her of this commitment and to let her know EUropean are watching.
But to keep running actions like these, the WeMove Europe community relies on donations from every one of us.
Can you donate just a few euros to help our community follow the commission in their first 100 days and ensure they deliver meaningful action to tackle the climate crisis?
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